Big Sky Conference to delay fall season for Olympic sports; football to be determined

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Jul 24, 2020

(Editor's note: Big Sky Conference media release)

FARMINGTON, Utah -- The Big Sky Conference’s Presidents’ Council has approved delaying the first date of competition for its Olympic sports during the fall 2020 season.

Friday, Sept. 18 will serve as the first date of competition for the traditional fall sports of soccer, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country, as well as the non-championship seasons for men’s and women’s tennis and softball.

Men’s and women’s golf can compete starting on Monday, Sept. 14.

Each member will determine whether any of its impacted non-conference contests will be rescheduled. The competition start date for football will be assessed at a later date.

Feedback helping to guide this decision was provided by the conference’s Athletic Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletic Representatives, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Certified Athletic Trainers, and Health and Safety Committee. The new competition start date will allow each member institution to stagger the return to campus for the rosters of these sports’ teams while providing additional time to fine-tune return-to-play protocols and maintaining competitive opportunities this fall for the student-athletes.

Big Sky institutions may continue with permissible athletics activities at their discretion while abiding by NCAA legislation, campus policies, and local and state regulations.